Experimenting in times of trouble isn't anything new, and
went extra bold Saturday, starting the night by separating first-line standouts
and Ryan Getzlaf.
Bet he won't try that again.
The Ducks reverted during the split to their defensive and energy lapses of the previous night, falling behind by four goals to the
Then, a later Perry-Getzlaf reunion stirred a frantic rally that fell just short and the Ducks lost, 6-4.
Perry scored twice after the switch-back and Getzlaf sent a backhand to the roof of the Sharks' net in the third period, but the Ducks were scoreless in five power-play chances and Long Beach's Matt Nieto iced it for the Sharks with a final-minute empty-net goal.
"He had to get a spark somehow," Perry said of the early separation from Getzlaf. "We haven't played the way we've wanted in the last few games. We fell behind the eight ball, but if we keep playing the way we did the second half of that game, there's going to be good things to come."
As they did in beating the host Ducks in a fight-marred Oct. 26 game that featured 165 penalty minutes, the Sharks (11-10-4) shrugged off a four-game losing skid, forward
San Jose had won only two of eight previous home games. But for the seventh time in nine games, the Ducks (14-6-5) allowed three goals or more. The Sharks needed just 20 minutes to get that many against a defense of two rookies and five players age 24 or younger.
Couture, who missed Saturday's morning skate — Coach Todd McLellan said the forward wasn't "feeling good" — benefited from wild bounces off the skates of Ducks defenseman
Anaheim answered less than two minutes later when forward
The Ducks, who hadn't enjoyed a true two-minute power play since Sunday, finally got one on a delay-of-game call, but quickly squandered the advantage with Lindholm losing a puck to Couture and the forward racing for a breakaway short-handed goal.
The cruel twist was worsened when Ducks forward
Pavelski was a key figure in the brawl-filled first meeting, in which Ducks defenseman
Boudreau sought to address the flaws the Ducks showed in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
In addition to the hurried debut of Friday acquisition
After San Jose's Tomas Hertl beat Ducks goalie
The pair again struck 29 seconds into the third, when Perry deflected in a Getzlaf shot for his 14th goal.